Burton, Sir Richard Francis

(1821-1890)
   Burton studied at Trinity College, Oxford, became a talented linguist and had a colorful life: intrepid traveler, linguist, scholar, soldier, anthropologist, and a prolific and gifted writer. He published 43 volumes on his explorations and almost 30 volumes of translations, including the unexpurgated translations of the Kama Sutra (1883) and The Arabian Nights (1885-1888). He was the first European to discover Lake Tanganyika. He also entered the forbidden Muslim cities of Mecca and Medina. He mapped new trade routes, identified and catalogued valuable natural resources, and analyzed the political, religious, and economic systems in foreign countries. His City of the Saints (1861) is an account of the Mormon settlement at Utah. Some of his poems: "An Unpraised Picture," "Black Sheep," "Extras," "In Sleep," "Love is Strong," "On a Ferry Boat," "The First Song," "The Forefather," "The Glorious Game," "The Polar Quest."
   Sources: Dictionary of National Biography. Electronic Edition 1.1. Oxford University Press, 1997. Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite DVD, 2006. The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. 11th ed. The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, Columbia University Press, 2005 (http://www.columbiagrangers.org). The Home Book of Verse. Burton Egbert Stevenson, ed. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1953. The National Portrait Gallery (www.npg.org.uk). The Oxford Companion to English Literature. 6th edition. Margaret Drabble, ed. Oxford University Press, 2000. The Sir Richard Burton Society (www. pages.drexel.edu/Burton, Sir Richard Francisgarsonkw/burton.html).

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  • Burton, Sir Richard — ▪ British scholar and explorer Introduction in full  Sir Richard Francis Burton   born March 19, 1821, Torquay, Devonshire, Eng. died Oct. 20, 1890, Trieste, Austria Hungary [now in Italy]       English scholar explorer and Orientalist who was… …   Universalium

  • Burton, Captain Sir Richard Francis — (1821–1890)    British soldier, explorer, master linguist, and diplomat, Sir Richard Burton was best known for his dispute with John Hanning Speke about the source of the Nile River. While serving in the Indian Army, Burton became an expert in… …   Encyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism, 1800–1914

  • Sir Richard Francis Burton — noun English explorer who with John Speke was the first European to explore Lake Tanganyika (1821 1890) • Syn: ↑Burton, ↑Richard Burton, ↑Sir Richard Burton • Instance Hypernyms: ↑explorer, ↑adventurer …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sir Richard Burton — noun English explorer who with John Speke was the first European to explore Lake Tanganyika (1821 1890) • Syn: ↑Burton, ↑Richard Burton, ↑Sir Richard Francis Burton • Instance Hypernyms: ↑explorer, ↑adventurer …   Useful english dictionary

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